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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


The UKRI recently opened a call for a network of UKRI Population Health Improvement Research Clusters. 

This call offers funding to lead a group of interdisciplinary researchers, working together to establish a research cluster to address an important population health challenge. Up to seven research clusters will be funded, each addressing a separate yet complementary challenge. Together they will form an interdisciplinary network, which will generate research to improve the health of communities across the UK, reduce health inequalities, and develop and evaluate effective, long-lasting and environmentally sustainable interventions.

You can request £4.5 million to £7 million (80% full economic cost (FEC)) per cluster, over four years, and awards will have a fixed start date of 1 April 2024.

For more information, please see the scheme website.

University Internal selection: 

Institutions can only lead on two applications. Therefore, this call will be managed according to the University’s restricted calls procedure.

If you intend to lead a bid on behalf of the University, you will need to take part in the internal selection process. Please note that the University can collaborate on any number of bids so if you are not intending to lead, you do not need to take part in this process.

To take part in internal selection, please complete our online form (NB: if asked to log-in, please use your crsid/Raven details; note that a Form cannot be saved and returned to) by 1 June 2023.  

You will need the following documents and information to complete the Form: 

  • PI name, department, and email
  • Confirmation that the application is to be led by the University of Cambridge
  • Research Cluster Title
  • A brief Research Cluster Proposal (500 words max)
    • This should describe the cluster's vision, aims and objectives, including the specific challenge that the cluster will tackle, and the rationale for choosing this challenge

Internal Assessment Criteria:

Please note that, should selection be required, the assessment of internal applications will focus on the following core funder criteria:

  • Interdisciplinarity – does the proposed cluster include expertise from multiple disciplines and research organisations, as well as stakeholders, to co-develop solutions for complex challenges
  • Synergy and enhancement of existing UK strengths
  • Innovative training opportunities to encourage a new generation of future leaders

Funder deadline: 26 July 2023, 4pm

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